The 14 Pole

The 14 Pole

Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010
2:58 PM
By Frankie O
CSNChicago.com

Thats not my heritage, although it is numerically correct, but where we stand in this NFL season. For us fantasy geeks, it presents the proper time to assess where we stand. I always expect doom, my Philly heritage is never far away, but my team, at 3-1, might surprise, so Ill give it time before I blow it up. The great thing about the NFL is that there have been a lot of surprises, Randy Moss, and more sure to come. No surprise though, that I have some opinions and here they come, its time to go through the 32 teams in 32 sentences.

Ill start with the AFC and New England, no Moss, no matter, Brady will still light it up and how could you not love Woodhead? Miami has a passing game with Marshall as the beast and Bess as a guy who should not be on your waiver wire. I think the Sanchise is the real deal for the Jets, but Id be afraid of over-use of L.T. early, leading to a late-season collapse. If youre a team that is awful, like the Bills, how could you not be playing your 1st round RB, who everyone loves, more than 10 snaps a game? (Free Spiller!) Why I still like Vince Young I dont understand, just like I dont understand the Titans offense. Peyton Manning creates fantasy monsters and in Indy this year, Austin Collie is the one. With all of the focus on the Houston aerial attack, it figures that Arian Foster is the RB with the most up-side this year.

If you see a JAX next to any player that is on your opposition, laugh out loud! Pittsburgh will always be known for its D, and its once again one of the top scoring units, a solid fantasy base. The Ravens offense to me is about as dangerous as any ones, the problem is that with so many weapons, who to take? I would normally not even consider any one playing for Cleveland, but this year Im on the Hillis Highway! In the Queen City, you live with Cedric Benson, then, you die with him! Can you imagine a Chargers game without Gates dominating? Oakland will always be a mess, but when youre mining for gold, youll find Zach Miller. I know the Chiefs are undefeated, but thats not going to last long, and neither will you if you have to depend on one of them to be your stud, besides Jamaal Charles, that is. In Denver, and in fantasy circles, neck-beards are the rage in honor of our throwing-machine, Kyle Orton!

In the NFC, I guess it will take some time here in Chicago for the Martz Express to get untracked! (LOL!) In Detroit, Mega-Tron is my boy, but if you want a sleeper, Id be all over a tight-end with a large up-side, and backside, Jumbo-Tron! Could you imagine if you wasted a high pick on the Vikings diva Brett Favre? My pick for highest point total this year, is the Packers Aaron Rogers and part of the reason is that he has my tight end, Jermichael Finley to throw to. A Warner-less offense in Arizona, means a total mess for anyone who owns a Cardinal. Picking a player from Seattle means that you trust Pete Carroll, and I do not! San Franciscos fantasy output so far reminds me of Singletarys favorite saying: Whiskey Tango Foxtrot!

In St. Louis, I must be losing my mind, but I think a rookie QB can be a fantasy team savior. In New Orleans, its all about playing Brees roulette, who will he throw to today? Carolinas has always been about the RBs and this year is no different, but the real Steve Smith just disappearing? The Falcons Matt Ryan would be my fantasy comeback player of the year, if there was such a thing. Heres a fantasy football equation: Tampa bay = Abyss. If the Giants could play the Bears every week, they would have the highest scoring defense of all-time, but I just think its a matter of time before they quit on their coach. Everyone wants my opinion about McNabb, in Washington and in fantasy, and in both instances, hell be just good enough to get you beat. That being said, it looks like hes going to be better than any QB option in Philly, where I dont think Vick will stay healthy, and who wants a QB, Kolb, who has the nickname Captain Check-down? And last, and definitely least, I will never, ever have any Cowboy on my team, not rooting against Dallas, for me, wouldnt be right and that is where my fantasy is a reality!

Preview: Mark Buehrle Day on CSN

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White Sox offense can't stay hot in loss to A's

White Sox offense can't stay hot in loss to A's

A day after having quite the offensive party, the White Sox didn’t save any production for Friday.

The White Sox couldn’t muster any offense in a 3-0 loss to the Oakland Athletics in their series opener at Guaranteed Rate Field in front of 25,370 fans.

After recording 18 hits in Thursday’s game against the Minnesota Twins, the White Sox were held to just seven on Friday, but it felt like fewer. They went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position.

Mike Pelfrey, who fell to 3-6 on the season, took a step back after delivering a strong performance in his last outing against the Toronto Blue Jays.

The 33-year-old struggled with his command against the A’s all night. He pitched 4 2/3 innings and issued five walks. Pelfrey also allowed all three runs on four hits and two homers.

The A’s got on the board early with a two-run shot to center field by Khris Davis. In the fifth, Pelfrey allowed another homer, a solo shot, to Matt Joyce to make it 3-0.

The White Sox bullpen staved off any further production and combined for 4 1/3 shutout innings between four relievers. But they weren’t able to generate any of their own.

Not even ejections from Tim Anderson and Rick Renteria could spark a cold offense.

The White Sox best chance came in the bottom of the ninth, where Melky Cabrera and Jose Abreu opened with back-to-back singles. After an Avisail Garcia flyout, Todd Frazier popped one over A’s first baseman Yonder Alonso, but Abreu was thrown out at second. Matt Davidson flew out to center field at the warning track to end the game.

Friday marked the start of a season-long 10-game homestand, somewhere the White Sox were happy to be after playing 15 of their last 19 on the road.